How to Use Your Android Phone as a Speaker for Your Windows, Mac, or Linux Computer

Most computer monitors have a built-in speaker. If you’re using a laptop, chances are it also has a built-in speaker. While the audio output quality is debatable, these built-in audio devices help when there is no external audio setup.

But what if your computer speaker or external audio setup has stopped working and you don’t have time to troubleshoot? If you have a working Android phone, you can use it as an external speaker for your computer. Here we will show you the two ways to turn your Android phone into a PC speaker with the help of an app.

Use your Android phone as a wireless PC speaker with AudioRelay

AudioRelay is an audio streaming app that lets you turn your Android phone into a wireless PC speaker. It supports both wireless and wired audio streaming modes.

To connect your Android phone to your computer, you need to install the AudioRelay PC client on your Windows, macOS or Linux computer, as well as on your compatible Android device.

The free version of the app is ad-supported and limited by features. If you want, you can upgrade to the premium version to remove ads. The subscription also adds support for streaming from multiple devices and allows you to customize audio quality settings.

Downloads: AudioRelay for Android | window | Mac | Linux (free, in-app purchases available)

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We use Windows for this guide. Follow the steps below to turn your Android phone into a wireless speaker.

  1. Make sure your Android phone and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Next, download the AudioRelay app on your Windows PC, then run the installer and click Next.
  3. Make sure you select all options under Select Additional Tasks Section.
  4. click To install to complete the installation and restart your PC.
  5. Once restarted, launch the AudioRelay app on your PC.
  6. Next, download and install the AudioReplay Android app on your phone.
  7. Launch the app on your phone and tap Getting started.
  8. Tap yours PC name under the server Section.

  9. Once connected to your PC, you will see your Android phone listed below links section in the PC client.
  10. That’s it! Now play something on your PC to hear the audio through your phone’s speaker.
  11. You can also adjust the audio volume through the AudioRelay PC client.
  12. To stop streaming audio, tap Stop button in the Android app.

The quality of the audio output largely depends on the speaker quality of your phone. If you upgrade to the premium version, you can access uncompressed audio, compression options, buffer amount control, and some other nifty features to improve audio quality.

Use an Android phone as a wired PC speaker

If you cannot connect to the same Wi-Fi network or the wireless connection is laggy, you can use AudioRelay in wired mode. It uses USB tethering and offers reduced delays by sending the audio over a USB connection. You can also use USB tethering to connect mobile internet to your PC.

Follow these steps to turn your Android phone into a PC speaker via USB tethering.

  1. Make sure you have the AudioRelay app installed on your PC and Android phone.
  2. Next, connect your Android to your PC using a USB cable and make sure the phone is recognized.
  3. In the AudioRelay Android app, scroll down to USB tethering Section.

  4. Then tap settings to open your phone’s mobile hotspot and tethering settings.
  5. Toggle the switch here USB tethering to turn it on.
  6. Next, go back to the AudioRelay app on your phone.
  7. Under the server tap the new entry with your PC name.
  8. Your telephone name is displayed in the PC client under links Section.
  9. Play anything on your PC to stream audio through your phone’s speaker.

If you’re having trouble streaming with the USB tethering option, try a different USB cable or USB port.

In addition, you can also use your Android phone as a microphone for your PC. To do this, open the AudioRelay PC Client player tab and select it microphone option under the mode Section.

Turn your Android phone into a PC speaker

AudioRelay is an excellent way to turn your Android phone into a PC speaker. That said, it’s not without its flaws. The audio quality of the free version is just manageable. Also, the app will automatically disconnect from your PC when you are playing something on your smartphone.

However, if your PC speaker or microphone quits in the middle of something, AudioRelay lets you use your Android phone as a temporary backup.

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